I have been so blessed this past week! I have been able to do some of my most favorite things. I love rainy summer nights in Arizona. A few nights ago, we had a big storm pass through. As you can see, the kids didn't hesitate to take advantage of the rain. They went outside to play in it with their cousins and got soaked! I had a fun time watching them with my mom, brother Todd and Sister Laura. We sat and chatted and had a good time while enjoying the smell of summer rain and the sounds of laughter. I love being with my family and feel so blessed that my parents raised us to be close to each other. I have the best family! I also love a good pedicure. I wish I could get them more often. July 14th was Laura's birthday. I had such a fun time with her that day getting pedicures and going to lunch. It was so great, you would think it was my birthday too. Aren't these cute pedicures? (I think we have the same feet!) I just love, love, love my sister. She has always been right beside me through trials and joys. She is my rock. She is a best friend. I stand in amazement at all she does and all she is. Thank you Laura for being the best sister anyone could ever have. I love you! I was also able to get together with some of my friends. This is Shelly, Lynda and Karla. We've been friends for a very long time. We haven't seen each other much as the years have gone by. But, as I visited with these friends and thought about the relationship I've had with them, I've realized again how truly blessed I've been to have them in my life. These 3 girls were some of those who were by my side during the most difficult time of my life...my Dad's sudden death. Words can never express how much they helped me, loved me, and were there for me when I needed them most. AND, although time has gone by and we only see each other once in a while, we have a bond between each other that not many others have. I am so grateful for these girls.